Yakubu Gowon, a former Head of State and retired army General, has revealed that he never planned to be Nigeria’s Head of State.
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He said this on Friday at a virtual reality history competition organised by ANIZA Foundation and Gallery.
Gowon became the third Nigerian president and the youngest ever, on August 1, 1966, before his 32nd birthday on October 19, 1966.
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Gowon said that his ambition then was just to be a good soldier, adding that he was petrified when he took over as Head of State.
Gowon, who relived some of his life experiences, counselled young Nigerians on right attitudes and values. He advised them to contribute their quotas to national development.
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He reiterated his faith in the Nigerian youth and the country’s potential for greatness.
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He called on the youth and traditional and religious institutions to take up the responsibility of securing national identity.